The inaugural flight of the all-electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan marks another milestone ushering in the new era of electric aviation
magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, and AeroTEC, a leading independent company focused on aerospace testing, engineering and certification, today announced the successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The successful flight of the eCaravan, magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place at the AeroTEC Flight Test Center at the Grant County International Airport (KMWH) in Moses Lake, Washington this morning. As the world’s largest all-electric commercial aircraft, this is a significant milestone in disrupting the transportation industry and accelerating the electric aviation revolution.
Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX commented that, the iconic Caravan had been a workhorse of industry moving people and transporting goods on short routes for decades. The first flight of the eCaravan was yet another step on the road to operating those middle-mile aircraft at a fraction of the cost, with zero emissions, from and to smaller airports. The electric commercial aircraft would enable the offering of flying services of people and packages in a way previously not possible.
Lee Human, President and CEO of AeroTEC happily stated that, he was proud of the pioneering work performed by their engineers, technicians and flight test team. There was no roadmap for testing and certifying electric aircraft – this was a new frontier and AeroTEC was on the front lines developing the processes and best practices that would pave the way for electric aviation.
The flying of the eCaravan serves as another critical step in the certification and approval process of the magni500 propulsion system, enabling future conversions of additional aircraft to magniX’s all-electric propulsion technology.